Serve & Return

Palix Foundation

Brain Architecture, Serve and Return

Palix Foundation, June 2014

This video describes the early interactions that promote healthy brain development. Positive experiences with parents and trusted caregivers help to build fundamental brain architecture in young children. Serve and return is one of the most important forms of child and guardian interaction. It occurs when a parent or caregiver is responsive to a child’s verbal cues and actions. By providing positive feedback via eye contact, sound, words, and physical interaction, the adult helps spark the child’s interest and enthusiasm in practicing things like speech, language and social learning. Without active serve and return engagement, children can lose interest in these activities, potentially undermining the development of fundamental brain architecture.

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